Banks County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 22, 2003


Leon McDuffie
Leon McDuffie, 73, of Homer, died Thursday, October 16, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Franklin County on July 9, 1930, Mr. McDuffie was a son of the late Boyd and Vida Allen McDuffie.
A United States Army veteran, Mr. McDuffie served during the Korean Conflict, and was a retired truck driver with Acree Oil Company. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. McDuffie was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy McDuffie and Jack McDuffie, and a sister, Doris Campbell.
Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 19, at Crossroads Baptist Church with the Revs. Roy Lee Mitchell, Clyde Garrison and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with full military honors provided by Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter 15 and the Habersham County American Legion Post 84.
Mr. McDuffie is survived by his wife, Margaret McCoy McDuffie, Homer; daughter, Vickie Hunter, Homer; daughter and son-in-law, Edwinna and Wayne Holcomb, Homer; son, Kenneth McDuffie, Alto; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kathy McDuffie, Clarkesville; brothers, Billy Joe McDuffie, Cornelia, and Willie Lee McDuffie, Alto; brother and sister-in-law, Grady and Vera McDuffie, Baldwin; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara Ann and Lenward Jordan, Alto; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003

Robert L.
‘Bob’ Lawson
Robert Lamar “Bob” Lawson, 72, of Cornelia, a Purple Heart recipient, died Monday, October 20, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on April 29, 1931, Mr. Lawson was a son of the late Byrl C. and Clara Faye Turpen Lawson.
He was a United States Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict, and worked as an insurance salesman. Mr. Lawson was also employed with First National Bank for 15 years and was an avid gardener who also loved to golf and fish. He was a lifetime member of the Cornelia V.F.W. Post #7720 and a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
Mr. Lawson was preceded in death by a brother, Claude Eugene Lawson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 22, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Wayne Smith, Marcus Martin and Robert L. Ramsey officiating. Burial was in the Level Grove Cemetery with full military honors provided by Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter 15 and the Habersham County American Legion Post 84.
Mr. Lawson is survived by his wife, Emily Cochran Lawson, Cornelia; daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Dale Moore, Mt. Airy, and Ann Marie and Michael Peck, Gainesville; son, Robert Benjamin Lawson, Cornelia; brother and sister-in-law, Wade and Jo Beth Lawson, Cornelia; sister-in-law, Margie Lawson; and grandchildren, Kevin Moore, Skye Moore, Samantha Peck and Dustin Peck.
Memorials may be made to Miracle Flight for Children, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531, or to the Cornelia United Methodist Church, 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003

Winnie B. Poole
Mrs. Winnie B. Poole, 95, of Baldwin, formerly of Forsyth County, died Friday, October 17, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mrs. Poole was born July 19, 1908, in Forsyth County, the daughter of the late Frank P. and Leila Antoinette Brown Barrett.
She was a member of Cumming First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Poole was preceded in death by her husband, Charles D. Poole Sr., and a son, Charles D. Poole Jr.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 20, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in the Cumming City Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Susie Poole, Cornelia; daughter-in-law, Lola Poole, Duluth; four grandchildren, Lynn P. Roach, Tracy Poole, Barry Poole and Wendy Tanner; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Level Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 157 Old Level Grove Road, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003

Rick Brewer
Rick Brewer, 39, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, October 15, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Brewer was born May 2, 1964, in Habersham County, the son of James Benjamin and Alma Shirley Brewer.
He was employed as a fork lift operator in the textile industry and was a member of Gethsemine Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 17, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Donald Grizzle and Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in the Demorest City Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Jill B. Brewer, Cornelia; two daughters, Melissa Sprouse and Michaela Campbell, both of Cornelia; one son, Matthew Campbell, Cornelia; and two sisters, Marie Hutchens and Beth Porter, both of Cornelia.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003

Charles G. Miller
Charles Grady Miller, 86, of Nicholson, died Sunday, October 12, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Miller was born October 3, 1917, in Jackson County. He was the son of the late Coke and Elizabeth Hix Miller.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Miller served during World War II. He was a retired poultry farmer. Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Mazelle Dye Miller.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson, with the Revs. David Strickland and Howard Rhodes officiating.
Survivors include a son, Michael Miller, Nicholson; daughters, Regina Adams and Elaine Highfield, both of Commerce, and Janice Manus, Nicholson; eight grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003

Robert Marineau
Robert Marineau, 64, of Cornelia, died Saturday, October 18, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Marineau was born September 16, 1939, in Manchester, N.H., the son of the late Gerard A. Marineau and the late Margaret O. Maltese Marineau.
A United States Air Force veteran, Mr. Marineau worked as a heavy equipment operator for the county government. He was a member of St. Marks Catholic Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with Deacon Richard Marinchak officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Marineau is survived by his wife, Theresa P. Marineau, Cornelia; one daughter, Diane Springer, Cornelia; three sons, Robert Marineau Jr. and Gerard Marineau, both of Miami, Fla., and Andrew Marineau, Cornelia; his step-mother, Laurie Marineau, Lewiston, Maine; two step-sisters, Louise Bernier, Lewiston, Maine, and Jeanie Dupuis, Dallas, Texas; and 11 grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003

Rev. Charles E. Dial
The Rev. Charles E. Dial, 68, of Lula, died Saturday, October 18, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Born in Villa Rica on July 20, 1935, the Rev. Dial was the oldest son of the late Earl Eugene Dial and Annie Grace Powell Dial.
He served in the United States Army and attended Villa Rica High School and Golden State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts and a Doctorate of Philosophy.
Over the past 43 years, the Rev. Dial pastored Lowell, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Brunswick and Manchester Congregational Holiness churches, Rockingham North Carolina Congregational Holiness Church and Gainesville First Congregational Holiness Church. He organized and built the Oakwood Gospel Tabernacle, where he also served as pastor. In addition, the Rev. Dial served in the General Home Mission and the Evangelism Department of the Congregational Holiness Church in Griffin, and as Chaplain for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office during the Sheriff Dick Mecum Administration. At the time of his death, he was pastor of Mt. Sinai Congregational Holiness Church.
The Rev. Dial was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Jeanette Jiles Dial, and a brother, Donald Norton Dial.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville. Burial was in the Mt. Sinai Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery with the Rev. Richard James officiating.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Danny Cruse, Dawsonville; son, Tony Dial, Lula; sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Amy Dial, Jefferson, and Terry and Diane Dial, Clermont; grandchildren, Tabitha, Brittany and Devon Dial, Britt and Charles Dial, Clay and Amelia Dial and Austin Mizer; great-grandchildren, Chase and Chandler Dial; brothers, William Ray Dial, Temple, and Jerry Wayne Dial, Panama City Beach, Fla.; sister, Glenda Sue Robertson, Villa Rica; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003

Dennis T. Daniell
Dennis Troy Daniell, 62, of Commerce, died Saturday, October 18, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Haralson County on September 11, 1941, Mr. Daniell was a son of the late Troy and Pauline Hannah Daniell.
He was a self-employed grading contractor and was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church, Buchanan. Mr. Daniell was also a member of Masonic Lodge #444, becoming a Master Mason in 1979, and serving as Worshipful Master from 1986-1987.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, at Union Hill Methodist Church, Buchanan, with the Rev. Ronnie Coley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Bailey, Winder, and Wilma Jean “Sam” Daniell, Canton; two sons, Dennis Wayne Daniell, Ila, and Kevin Dwayne Daniell, Buchanan; four sisters, Cathy Anderson, Maysville, Dorothy Dyer, Danielsville, Sue Shipman, Hoschton, and Sybil Stephens, Carnesville; one brother, Ronnie Daniell Coley, Jefferson; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003

Geneva S. Thompson
Mrs. Geneva Shirley Thompson, 71, of Cornelia, died Thursday, October 16, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born in Rabun County on June 3, 1932, Mrs. Thompson was a daughter of the late Arthur Shirley and the late Jessie Coalley Shirley.
She was a former cook at Alpine Valley in Helen and was also a longtime seamstress with Carwood. She was a longtime member of Demorest Church of God.
Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her husband, R.B. Thompson, a brother, Michael Shirley, and two sisters, Debbie Murray and Norma Jean Shirley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 19, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. William E. Cox officiating. Burial was in the Clarkesville Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Mary Jay Thompson and Jessica Martin, both of Cornelia; sons, Dennis Thompson and Tracy Fry, both of Cornelia, and Jackie Thompson, Demorest; brothers, Harold Shirley, Demorest, Louis Shirley, Toccoa, Chester Shirley, Cornelia, and Kerry Shirley, Atlanta; sisters, Maudrie Atkins, Anna Patrum and Brenda Williams, all of Cornelia, and Bernice Wiley, Janice Williamson and Lois Towe, all of Gainesville; her step-mother, Necie Shirley, Gainesville; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Demorest Church of God, P.O. Box 69, Demorest, GA 30535.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003

Gladys R. Freeman
Mrs. Gladys Rebecca Freeman, 89, of Blairsville, mother of Gary Freeman, Maysville, died Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Freeman was born August 4, 1914, in Fannin County, a daughter of the late Narvie G. Payne and the late Laura Rector Payne.
She was a lifelong resident of Union County and worked at the Walker Department Store in Blue Ridge for several years. Mrs. Freeman was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Freeman.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 17, in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville, with the Rev. Tom Ford officiating. Special music was presented by Heather Henderson and Carol Renshaw. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Buddy Legg, Bill Smith, Marty Payne, Kevin Reece, Homer Powell and Jim Freeman II served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her son, include daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and James Reece, Marietta; sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Susan Freeman, Acworth, Sonny and Joyce Freeman, Blairsville, and Larry and Marsha Freeman, Smyrna; sister, Hazel Smith, Morganton; brothers and sisters-in-law, J.W. and Bobbie Payne, Herol and Laverne Payne and Arnold and Ruby Lee Payne, all of Blairsville; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Mountain View Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003

April L. Thompson
Mrs. April Lee Smith Thompson, 26, of Demorest, died Thursday, October 16, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Thompson was born May 7, 1977, in Habersham County. She was employed as a Certified Nurses Assistant with Gateway Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cleveland and was of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 19, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. William E. Cox officiating. Burial was in the Clarkesville Cemetery.
Mrs. Thompson is survived by her husband, Jackie Thompson, Demorest; daughters, April Nicole Thompson and Sandra Hope Thompson, both of Demorest; father and step-mother, Donald and Tonya Smith, Cornelia; mother and step-father, Sandra and Aaron Thompson, Cleveland; brother, Donny Smith, Mt. Airy; and sisters, Keia Thompson, Wanda Thompson and Crystal Smith, all of Demorest.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003

Roger N. Cochran
Roger Newton Cochran, 55, of Talmo, a veteran of the United States Army, died Thursday, October 16, 2003, at the V.A. Medical Center.
Mr. Cochran was born June 4, 1948, in Hall County, the son of the late Elijah Newton and Willie Ruth Sizemore Cochran.
He was a retired electrician and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 19, at Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass, with the Revs. Jeff Langley and Tim Strickland officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Cochran is survived by his wife, Linda Grizzle Cochran, Talmo; four sons, Joel Cochran, Buford, and Darrell Moore, Jeff Moore and Joe Moore, all of Talmo; two daughters, Elaine Howington, Talmo, and Towana Wood, Maysville; two sisters, Jeanette Bales and Ruthie Watson, both of Talmo; 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 22, 2003


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